OVERVIEWS - THE COMPLETE JEAN SIBELIUS EDITION
A set of 13 box-sets on the BIS label - All the music Sibelius ever created
The 50th anniversary of the death of Sibelius occurred in 2007, and BIS, the label that has always been a strong supporter of his music since their
beginnings, in September of that year, released the first set of a projected 13 volume edition of every note put down to paper by Jean Sibelius,
spanning a total of 65 compact discs.
The series contains all the published works, rare original versions of works kindly granted by the Sibelius family, and world premiere recordings of early works, from material unique to BIS. A large extent of the recordings included in the special box-sets are recordings that have previously been released over the years, some of them recipients of Gramophone and Grand Prix du Disque awards,
and most of them greeted with high acclaim and glowing reviews. The release schedule for the complete series spanned 4 years, during
which time brand new recordings of yet unheard music were added to the collection.
Some of the musicians and artists involved in this epic undertaking are the conductors Osmo Vänskä, Neeme Järvi, singers Monica Groop, Anne Sofie
von Otter, pianist Folke Gräsbeck, and the Gothenburg and Lahti Symphony orchestras, to name only a few.
I've had the pleasure of experiencing the rush of adventure and discovery, much like a saga, that listening to the complete series entails, and it has proven to be a
substantial and definitive traversal of the life's work of this great Finnish composer. Each volume has been planned with great care and expertise,
and contains an overview of the complete projected collection, a 50 page biography of Sibelius, and a very detailed booklet with copious notes
on the pieces, including the year of composition, opus number, if it's a first, revised or final version, etc....and sets of 5 or 6 cds sell
for the price of 3. A good bargain for the quality that is ever present from BIS. All the performances and recordings are of the highest
standards. Included in the final volume is a separate booklet with the complete index to the recordings and works included in the entire edition,
as a key to the over 80 hours of music that form the lifework of Sibelius, the classic 'Jean Sibelius at Home' film, and a bonus DVD titled 'Visual
Journey to the Music of Jean Sibelius'.
Chamber Music 1
Voice & Orchestra
Piano Music 1
Below is a list of the completed cycle, including dates of release.
V1 - Tone Poems - 7318591900023 - September 2007
V2 - Chamber Music Vol. 1 - 7318591903055 - October 2007
V3 - Voice & Orchestra - 7318591906087 - November 2007
V4 - Piano Music Vol. 1 - 7318591909118 - March 2008
V5 - Theatre Music - 7318591912149 - June 2008
V6 - Violin & Piano - 7318591915171 - September 2008
V7 - Solo Songs - 7318591918202 - December 2008
V8 - Orchestral Works/Violin Concerto - 7318591921233 - April 2009
V9 - Chamber Music Vol. 2 - 7318591924265 - August 2009
10 - Piano Music Vol. 2 - 7318591927297 - March 2010
11 - Choir a cappella - 7318591930327 - August 2010
12 - The Symphonies - 7318591933359 - May 2011
13 - Miscellaneous / Organ Works - 7318591936381 - October 2011
As the end of the project approaches, the search for previously unknown material intensifies: after all the
aim of the Edition is to be as comprehensive as possible – to include 'every note Sibelius ever wrote'. And although we have yet
to locate the Holy Grail of all Sibelians – Symphony No.8 – new manuscripts are being unearthed, needing to be deciphered, copied
and recorded. - Robert von Bahr, CEO of BIS Records
BIS have put years of work into this considerable offering and have shown the greatest respect and devotion to the composer with every note they have commited to these recordings. If you enjoy the music of Jean Sibelius and would like to make some discoveries, or if you are an avid collector, this definitive, detailed, first rate edition is for you.